• So, Does This Mean That Curtis Granderson Is Ken Phelps?

    Posted by on March 20th, 2010 · Comments (4)

    Reggie hearts A-Jax. Via Steve Kornacki

    New York Yankees Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson sees big things ahead for Detroit Tigers rookie center fielder Austin Jackson, whom he began mentoring after the Yankees drafted him in 2005.

    “Austin will hit .300 with 25 homers, drive in 100 runs and have a chance to win a Gold Glove,” said Jackson, a special adviser to the Yankees. “He’ll steal 25 bases, get caught four or five timesand be mad about that.”

    He smiled, noting that Jackson, 23, is a perfectionist.

    “I love him, love him,” Reggie Jackson said. “He is confident with what he has in his tool box, and he has a whole lot of tools. I have nothing but the highest regard for his aptitude, coachability and his ability to fit into a new team.”

    Reggie Jackson said Austin Jackson will hit better than the .288 average he had in the minors and play better in the majors.

    “He’ll play even better at this level,” Jackson said. “Why? For the same reason some guys are just good in a pickup basketball game but are great with 14,000 in the seats and the bright lights on. Austin is that kind of player.”

    And Reggie Jackson had one last prediction for his protégé: “Austin Jackson is going to be an all-star.”

    Yeah, but, can he stir a drink? And, if he does, will he only stir it bad?

    Comments on So, Does This Mean That Curtis Granderson Is Ken Phelps?

    1. Evan3457
      March 20th, 2010 | 9:56 am

      So, Does This Mean That Curtis Granderson Is Ken Phelps?

      Well, no. Granderson can play a key position, and play it competently.

    2. Evan3457
      March 20th, 2010 | 9:57 am

      Granderson is also in his prime years, and not his mid-30’s.

    3. Joseph M
      March 20th, 2010 | 1:37 pm

      Think Tom Tresh and Johnny Callison. Look I hope I’m wrong about Granderson but I think he’s peaked as a player how far he falls, and how quickly it happens will determine how bad a deal this is. As we all know trades don’t exist in a vacuum, the dominoes fell, Melky’s gone, there’s the bizarre Randy Winn pick up to explain away, Damon’s gone, and hopes are hinged on Marcus Thames and considerably more playing time for Gardner. So I see the Granderson move as leading to a series of bad moves and very questionable assumptions that have weakened the team offensively without helping the team defensively. I know the defensive comment seems strange but that’s the way I think it will play out. Another sidebar is the effect the presence of Vazquez will have on the development of Joba and Hughes with only one spot in the rotation open. The Granderson move is the gift that could keep on giving all season long, and I don’t mean that in a positive way.

      A word on Austin Jackson, I think the Yanks will not be hurt by trading him. While I think Austin will develop into a major league player, I don’t see him being a star. There was a player the Yankees developed in the 70’s named Terry Whitfield who went on to have a representative major league career. I see Austin as a similar type player.

      I’m a Yankee fan, I hope six months from now I’m back here eating crow.

    4. Tresh Fan
      March 20th, 2010 | 6:33 pm

      @ Joseph M:
      Think Tom Tresh and Johnny Callison.

      Hey, was that necessary?

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